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Volume 10, Issue 14

31 Mar

The Ice Palace

by Anne Gresham

A Letter to Be Read and Reread

by Paul Nevin

Grow Up

by MJ McGinn

Flash Frenzy results!

17 Feb

Flash Frenzy results have dropped.

We asked to unleash frenzied flash fiction, and you didn’t disappoint. A flurry of entries shocked us, thrilled us, and made our skin crawl. As always, we’re so appreciative that you’ve granted us access to these dark and offbeat corners of your brains. 

Once again, we were happy to see the international turnout. We read entries from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA. 

But you probably skipped down to the results without reading this part anyway, so… purple monkey dishwasher! 

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

E.A. Bagby
Amy Barnes
Andrew Boulton
Laura Cody
Andrea DeAngelis
Anne Gresham
Abi Hennig
Hannah Hoare
Porter Huddleston
Omar Hussain
Conor Kenny
Daria Lavelle
Mina Manchester
KC Mead-Brewer
Benedict O’Rourke
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Delaney S. Saul
Robin Stone
Matt Weatherbee
Margret Wiggins
Alpheus Williams

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Frenzy mega-issue, which will drop within a week. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th Place – “The Spare Room During a Storm” by Meg Mulcahy
9th Place – “Lovesong” by Alice Maglio
8th Place – “Cohabitating” by Trahearne Falvey
7th Place – “Only Four Letters Arrived” by Jaylee Alde
6th Place – “Underbelly” by Alice Kaltman
5th Place – “In the Darkness, There Is Light” by Paul de Denus
4th Place – “The Eternity Ring” by Jan Kaneen

 

And now on to the three stories that struck a chord with us…

 

3rd Place ($75)

“Penetration”
by Alpheus Williams

 

2nd Place ($125)

“For the Birds”
by Amanda Crum

 

1st Place ($250)

“Sleeper”
by Stephen Hundley

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Frenzy contest.

Check back within a week for the Flash Frenzy mega-issue.

Flash Monster 2019 results

30 Oct

Flash Monster prize winners,

come on down!

This may be our sixth annual Halloween contest, but that doesn’t mean it gets any easier. Once again, carving down this bevy of quality entries to a Top 10(ish) was brutal. 

Once again, we were thrilled by the international turnout. In addition to the States, we read work from writers stationed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Malta, Netherlands, New Zealand, the U.K., and the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

But you’ve got Halloween shenanigans to prepare for, so let’s get on with it. 

 

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10*.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

John Adams
Jonathan Baker
Edward Barnfield
Clark Boyd
Michael Carter
Amy Casey
Nancy Dassy
Andrea DeAngelis
Mitchell Duran
Donna Greenwood
Christina Harrington
Eric Hayward
Abi Hennig
Robin Jeffrey
David Klose
Nick Lachmund
Rachel Abbey McCafferty

Brett Milam
Chris Milam
Tiffany Promise (2)
Patrick Rexroat
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Trevor Ruth
Daniel Scamell
Chelsea Stickle
Adam Trodd
David Tromblay

 

The Top 10* (yeah, that’s right, it’s actually 11—a Halloween miracle!) that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Flash Monster 2019 mega-issue, which will drop on Halloween. They will also be included in a future Prize Winners Anthology print issue.

10th Place – “Climate Change” by Jan Kaneen / “Ice Window” by Jonathan Duckworth
9th Place – “The Farmhand” by Gareth Durasow
8th Place – “Naught but Shadows Walking” by Levi Krain
7th Place – “Inheritance” by Joanne Withers
6th Place – “What Happened to John” by Najla Brown
5th Place – “It Wasn’t a Black Dog, It Was Never a Black Dog” by Anika Carpenter
4th Place – “There Was a Curse Upon Them” by Benjamin Woodard

 

And now on to the three stories that really made a splash.

 

3rd Place ($75)

“Our Dream Town”
by Laila Amado

 

2nd Place ($125)

“Happy Is He”
by Christina Harrington

 

1st Place ($250)

“Dead Man from the Ocean Floor”
by Neil Clark

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Monster 2019 contest! 

Check back tomorrow for the Flash Monster mega-issue.

Shadow Award 2019 results!

20 Sep

The smoke has cleared on
the Shadow Award…

 

A very special thanks to the immensely talented Mary Lenoir Bond, who served as primary judge throughout this contest and made the tough calls on another impressive slate of dark and offbeat poetry. Selecting winners is never easy. You took us to strange and surreal places with these poems, and we hope that all these entries will find good homes. 

We had a particularly international Top 10, with poets from USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand making the grade.

But you didn’t come here for me to go on and on. Let’s get to the goods.

 

Below you’ll find our short list. The following poets submitted entries that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10. 

Close-but-no-cigar short list shout-outs go to:

Joanne Alfano
Melissa Andres
Andy Brown
William Brown
James Christy (2)
F.E. Clark
Ryan Dematteo
Ann DeVilbiss
Dan Diehn (2)
Stuart Forrest
Jordan Franklin (2)
Fredric Koeppel
Frances Koziar
December Lace
Richard Leis
Robert Libbey (2)
Dave Lull
Brett Milam
Janna Miller
Scott-Patrick Mitchell

Jeff Morgan
Charlotte Muse
Michael O’Ryan
Tony Peyser
Stephen Pollock
Caroline Randall
Michael Rumney
Ryan Scariano
Alex Sobel
Jeanne Stauffer
Svetlana Sterlin
Rae Stinger
David Tagnani
Faye Turner-Johnson

Mary Wallach
J. Summerisle Wilson
Joanne Withers
Scott Withiam
Elliott Zee (2)

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming Shadow Award 2019 poetry mega-issue, which will run early next week. They will also be included in this winter’s fifth-annual Prize Winners Anthology print issue. You can check out last year’s Prize Winners Anthology here.

10th Place – “Rebirth” by J V Birch
9th Place – “He Smelled Like Grass” by Amanda Chiado
8th Place – “Yard Sale” by Karen Mandell
7th Place – “The New Model” by Jennifer Lynn Krohn
6th Place – “My father, bored as a parrot” by Julia Webb
5th Place – “How did you die” by Erin Kirsh
4th Place – “If I Am Then I Must Be Now” by Andrew Romanelli

 

And now for those poems that really rocked us.


3rd Place
 ($50)

“Lily 19”
by Stuart Airey

 

2nd Place ($100)

“Episode”

by Fredric Koeppel

 

1st Place ($200)

“I Need That Ride”

by Amanda Chiado

 

Congrats to the winners, and a huge thanks to everyone who participated!
Check back early next week for the Shadow Award 2019 mega-issue.

Wild Flash results!

19 Aug

Time to hook you up to the goods…

With this latest contest, you channeled dark, offbeat, strange, and surreal sensibilities into the natural world—which it turns out can be pretty unnerving on its own. We loved seeing the depth of imagination on display here, and Wild Flash lived up to its namesake. 

Always a pleasure to see those submissions pour in from the U.S. and the U.K., and we also enjoyed reading work from authors stationed in Australia, Canada, Germany, and Ireland.  

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Richard Bower
Najla Brown
James Christy
F.E. Clark
Chelsea Comeau (2)
Steven Crowell
Nancy Dassy
A. B. Emrys
Lisa Fransson
Michele Herman
Jude Higgins
Gaynor Jones
Darby Levin
Riley Krembil
Rick Krizman
Kathryn Kulpa
Larry Malchow
Emma Miller
Quentin Norris
Chris Panatier
Aeryn Rudel
Helen Rye
Christopher Stanley
Elizabeth Vegvary
Dianalee Velie
Debbi Voisey
Conor Watson
Matt Weatherbee
Alpheus Williams
Danielle Zaccagnino

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming
Wild Flash mega-issue, which will appear by week’s end.

10 – “The Grove” by Aeryn Rudel
9 – “Sit, Stay, Play Dead” by Emma Miller
8 – “Caddisman” by Michael Carter
7 – “Agave Armageddon” by Wiebo Grobler
6 – “The Solemn Sequoia” by Alex Schweich
5 – “Spacious Skies” by Emily Livingstone
4 – “The Art of Dying” by Michael Nafekh

And now for those three stories
that really grabbed us…

3rd Place ($75)

“Huntress”

by Alpheus Williams

2nd Place ($125)

“Ten Green Bottles”

by Jan Kaneen

1st Place ($250)

“Seasons in the Boneyard”

by Andrew Bourelle

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Wild Flash contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back by week’s end our Wild Flash mega-issue!

Flash Legend results!

15 May

Everybody gather ’round…

We’ve always had a soft spot for urban legends and campfire stories. For this contest, you didn’t disappoint, with a strong showing of imaginative takes on unnervingly familiar material along with some truly unique new ways to make things go bump in the night. 

As usual, we saw a heavy influx of submissions from the U.S. and the U.K., and we were pleased to also read work from authors stationed in Australia, Canada, Ireland, Italy, and New Zealand.  We also saw a Molotov first, with two people who apparently live at the same address each scoring a slot in the Top 10 (must be something in the water).

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Lex Avis
Drew Barth
Steve Campbell
Michael Carter (2)
F. E. Clark
Neil Clark
Samantha Jean Coxall
Paul de Denus
Epiphany Ferrell
Leonard Goulds
James Hohenbary
Gaynor Jones
Janice Leagra
Adam Lichtenstein
Lyndsie Manusos
Rachel McCafferty
Sherry Morris
Janna Miller
Erica Naone
Chris Panatier
Maureen Reynolds
Aeryn Rudel (2)
Alex Sobel
Paul Sohar
Alpheus Williams (2)
Elliott Zee
Tanya Zilinskas

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming
Flash Legend mega-issue, which will drop on Monday. 

 

10 – “Revenge of the Ponderosas” by Michael Carter
9 – “La Puerta” by Mark Purnell
8 – “Magdalene” by Maura Yzmore
7 – “The Man in the Green Hat” by Amanda Pollet
6 – “What Happened at Crimson Lake” by Erin Perry Willis
5 – “Extra Parts” by Rachel Sudbeck
4 – “The Eyes” by Andrea DeAngelis

 

And now let’s give a hand to the three stories
that really bewitched us.

 

3rd Place ($75)

“What You Will And Won’t Do
(About The Man In Your Garden)”

by Joely Dutton

 

2nd Place ($125)

“Their Soil Freshly Turned”

by Chris Panatier

 

1st Place ($250)

“The Night of the Last Dreams”

by Donna Greenwood

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Flash Legend contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back next week for our Flash Legend mega-issue!

Phantom Flash results!

13 Feb

Let’s have a look, shall we…

 

Well, you certainly don’t make this easy on us. We asked you to go real weird with it, and you didn’t disappoint. It feels like we say this every time, but the judging process was an especially arduous one, with a lot of back and forth debate before we finally settled on our strange and surreal Top 10. 

A strong global turnout once again. As always, there was a hearty showing of writers in both the U.S. and the U.K., with Australia bringing the heat lately as well. We also read work from writers in places as far-flung as Canada, France, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and South Korea. 

But you didn’t come here for a geography lesson…

 

The following writers had stories that made it through several rounds of cuts, but didn’t quite squeak into the Top 10.

Close-but-no-cigar shortlist shout-outs go to:

Barlow Adams
Ekagra Agarwal
Jonathan Bennett
Neil Clark
Kristin Cox
Christina Dalcher
Justin Eells
Joaquin Fernandez
Wiebo Grobler (3)
Emily Harrison
Gaynor Jones
Levi Krain
Jennifer Lynn Krohn
Lyndsie Manusos
Allie Marini
Sherry Morris
Emmett Nahil
Quentin Norris
Tom Over
Aeryn Rudel
Kelly Schrock
Christopher Stanley (2)
Lydia Stucki
Korey Wallace
Alpheus Williams (2)
Tanya Zilinskas (2)
Maria Zoccola

 

The Top 10 that you’ll find below will be published in our forthcoming
Phantom Flash mega-issuewhich will drop within the next week. 

 

10th Place – “The Last Horizon” by Michael Carter
9th Place – “Threes” by Christina Dalcher
8th Place – “The Unopened Bar of Chocolate” by Steve Campbell
7th Place – “What the Crows Said” by Erin Fingerhut
6th Place – “Crop Circles” by Christina Dalcher
5th Place – “The Places We Go Where Others May Not Follow”
                       by Liz Schriftsteller
4th Place – “Day Ninety-One” by Joanne Withers

 

And now on to the three stories that really broke through
to the other side.

 

3rd Place ($50)

“Mandible”

by Phillip Dixon

 

2nd Place ($100)

“The Black Cat’s Breakfast”

by Chandra Steele

 

1st Place ($200)

“Angels of Purgatory”

by Chris Panatier

 

Congrats to the winners and a huge thanks to everyone who participated in our Phantom Flash contest! Always a pleasure to read your work, and we couldn’t host these contests without you.

Check back soon to read these fantastic, uncanny, and otherworldly stories.